Emergency Workers Call Storm Tourists A Nuisance
Associated Press - Mon 07:59 AM 06/18/2012
Tourists are flocking to sign up for vacation packages filled with storm chasing. For them it's a trip of a lifetime, but some emergency workers find the tour groups a nuisance during what can be life and death situations.
Rush County Emergency Management Director Jim Fisher recalled what happened in early May, the night a tornado wrapped in a wall of rain was about to flow through LaCrosse. When he needed to move some storm spotters down a county road, it was blocked by a tour van and a group of sightseers with tripods set up in the middle of the road.
One of the tour members told a Rush County storm spotter he had paid $1,000 to storm chase and he had every right to be there.
Associated Press Information from: The Hutchinson News